Suzanne Zalokar. MHCC - OREGON- 03-2017

My 7 weeks learning Spanish at SEPA SCHOOL.

When I arrived at the SEPA school, I was overcome with the beauty of the school and the surrounding area. The instructors and staff are kind and demonstrate a sincere interest in teaching us, not only how to speak Spanish, but also in helping us to gain a true understanding of Costa Rican culture.

The program in which I participate was for college credit and was quite rigorous and intensive. At times I was overwhelmed with the amount of information that I was absorbing at any given moment, but the gentle encouragement of my teachers and the other staff helped me to stay on track. And like a good cup of tea, I now have time to let all of this information steep in my mind. Happily, the experience here, in tandem with my previous studies in the United States, will provide a solid foundation for me to teach GED classes in Spanish when I return to the United States – something about which I am thoroughly excited.

Costa Rica is a country of inexplicable beauty.  SEPA school is located in San Isidro, Perez Zeledon. It is not a tourist town at all. It is a town that gives you a taste of life in a real Costa Rican town. The city is not far from both the mountains and the ocean beaches. In seven weeks, I was able to explore much of the South Central Coast and a bit in the mountains on weekend trips. There are many wildlife corridors, biological centers, National Parks and natural places to explore that are reasonably assessable from San Isidro.

We also had the great fortune to participate in many cultural experiences including dance classes, cooking classes and a trip to the indigenous community of BriBri.

Finally, the people of Costa Rica are some of the most kind-hearted and welcoming people I have met in my travels.  The family with whom I stayed in QueBradas have become not only my friends, but have also become a second family to me– my “Tico” family. I know that when I return to Costa Rica, I will always have a home with them. I know that I will return here, it’s only a matter of when.

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Valentina Achtar-Overland Summers 2016. Dallas,Texas.

My trip to Costa Rica was amazing. Over the course of 3 weeks I learned so much Spanish and did so much great service work. The teachers, especially Glenda did a great job of teaching us.

They all went out of their way to teach us all about the Costa Rican language and culture. The bus drivers, Juanca and Mario, were really awesome. They are so nice and always make sure we are supplied with jamming music. Our leaders Emily and Braden really made the trip 100000% better. The service work was really great and I’m glad I could do work to help Costa Rica. This was a truly unforgettable trip.

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Ben Marre-Overland Summers 2016. Frington- NY.

Overall, SEPA School has been an absolutely amazing experience. The Spanish teachers have been absolutely amazing, especially Glenda who was my favorite.  The bus drivers were also great. I especially liked Juan Carlos and Mario. We went to such amazing places, like Marino Ballena and Manuel Antonio National park. La Cusinga was so beautiful, and the best place we stayed. I also loved my school SEPA, its location is very beautiful and I loved the dogs and classrooms. The cooking class and dance class and other activities were fun as well as educational. I love SEPA School!

 


Portia Holt Seattle- Overland Summers 2016. Washington D.C

 

My time here in Costa Rica has been filled with memories and too many laughs to remember. Each day we went from learning more Spanish to doing fun and interest projects at Fudebiol, different schools and places in the rain forest. Our first week in Costa Rica was kind of our adjusting period. Everything and everyone was new. Our first place we stayed was a nature type lodge in the rainforest called Fudebiol. In the mornings we would do our service project: building a new bench for a group of students in class. Building the bench was fun and our final product ended up looking really good and overall. The bench was a lot of fun to build. Later in the day we’d have Spanish classes. Some days we’d go do outside activities such as going to the farmers market or taking a dance class. Doing the outside of class activities where always very enjoyable for me. My favorite activity the first week was the dance class. The second week we visited a high school and a boy’s school. We played soccer and volleyball with the kids and at the high school we painted a fence. I really enjoyed playing soccer with the kids at the boy’s home and it was so nice seeing all of them so happy. Later in the week for school we had a cooking class where we made Pico de Gallo, smoothies and guacamole. It was really delicious with the empanadas. We also went to an indigenous reserve, saw a movie and did a couple other activities. Our third and final week we went to Escuela Quebradas and painted tires in super colorful paint and planted flowers in them. On that Tuesday we went to a hot spring which was very fun. Overall this trip has been a lot of fun and I’ve met a lot of great friends.


Leyton Philbrook-Overland Summers 2016. Los Angeles, California

My time here in Costa Rica has been spectacular. I have made some many great friendships and got to embrace a new culture. Costa Rica is different but similar to my life back in California. First of all, Costa Rica has much more vegetation and wild life, I don’t think I ever seen rain fall so hard in my life. I love getting away from such a big city to a destination in the rain forest. There are many differences like the security, dirt roads, wildlife, dogs freely running around, and different methods of transportation. My highlights of this trip has been the beach weekends, the rafting, hiking, movies, hot spring, the food, my time at service, my time at SEPA School, the dance class and cooking class, and the market. SEPA School has been great; I loved my Spanish teachers Karina and Lucrecia. We had a blast playing games and practicing Spanish. During volunteer service, I felt like I tried my best and helped some people in need. This trip has been an all-around great experience and I would love to come back to Costa Rica again.


Sophie Waimon- Overland Summers 2016- Chicago

SEPA School was a great experience for me. I loved everything! Glenda was an amazing Spanish teacher and I learned a ton. The weekend trips were great. I loved staying at La Cusinga and seeing the wildlife. Also the outings during class were super fun. I especially enjoyed the dance class and farmers market. The places we stayed during the week were fantastic. I absolutely loved Fudebiol and the service we did there. Jesus was the best!  Los Crestones was also good and it was very nice of them to let us stay there. Talari is also amazing! This has been an amazing trip! Thank you SEPA!


Will Egan-Overland Summers 2016.- New York City.

My experience in Costa Rica has been a time l will never forget. We started at Fudebiol, a nature reserve in the mountains. There, we built some benches and natural stairs, as well as repainting several signs. At SEPA, we learned about many tenses and conjugations but still played enjoyable games in Spanish. The next week, we stayed at Los Crestones, throwing a party for kids with family issues and painting a fence for a school. We also went to an indigenous reserve of the bribri culture, danced and played soccer with them. The third week we stayed at Talari, a place like Fudebiol but with nicer accommodations. We went to hot springs and played games in Spanish. For service, we painted tires to plant plants. We also sand land, painted desks for the kids. We did so many things in such little time. I would go back to this place in a heartbeat.


Melissa Hale: Spanish Classes and Homestay Costa Rica, 2016

"Exactly what I needed to obtain the confidence to have a conversation in Spanish!"

I thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Costa Rica and with SEPA Spanish Language School.  After years of Spanish in a classroom setting, the three weeks I spent in the SEPA Spanish program were exactly what I needed to obtain the confidence to have a conversation in Spanish!

My homestay house was exceptionally clean with a super comfortable bedroom. I was treated like a family member and the food was excellent.

My homestay family helped me to learn new words and phrases and Marta corrected my Spanish.  Marta is a lovely person and host.  I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know her and her family.  She always made sure I was comfortable and happy.

SEPA Spanish School's location is ideal, situated in a cozy city, close to plenty of natural attractions.  I would recommend SEPA Spanish School to anyone, and I hope to return again soon!


Elizabeth Couture, Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"It's easier to speak Spanish now."

I would recommend SEPA Spanish Language School because I learned a lot in only a week: it helped my Spanish.  I learned a lot because it was intensive.  The games were effective.  The coffee breaks were awesome! In general, I liked the classes especially because there were not a lot of students in each class.  It's easier to speak Spanish now.


Madeline Prassas, Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"Teacher included everyone in activities"

The Spanish teaching methods used in our SEPA Spanish program were effective because our teacher included everyone in activities.  SEPA Spanish School divides you into small classes which makes it much easier to learn.  Also classrooms are outside and very cool with great views.


Caroline Bunker: Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"I can see a big difference in my speaking skills."

I absolutely loved coming to SEPA Spanish School!  The classes were very tailored to my Spanish skills and the teacher was absolutely amazing at keeping me engaged during class!  The material taught was very easy to apply to my conversations and I can see a big difference in my speaking skills.

The house is very beautiful and is a great learning environment and is very gorgeous.  Overall, I have had an amazing experience!



Ford Middendorf: Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"The experience was overall AWESOME."

Totally, I'd recommend SEPA Spanish Language School.  My teacher was friendly towards the students and they were responsive. SEPA Spanish School activates learning through patience and kindness.  The teachers are wonderful and persistent.  The experience was overall AWESOME.


Anna Pressgrove: Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"Learn Spanish faster and better."

SEPA Spanish School in Costa Rica has been the perfect place to learn Spanish.  From a beautiful view, to the always smiling faces of the staff, this has been an amazing experience. They provide the best coffee, and the enthusiastic staff made learning Spanish so effective and entertaining.

My teacher taught us in an interactive way to help us learn Spanish faster and better.

The SEPA Spanish Language School helped me grow so much as a Spanish student.  If you are ever in Costa Rica, and you want to learn Spanish, I recommend you go to the SEPA Spanish Language School.


Jackie Braselton: Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"Everyone at SEPA Spanish School is so nice."

I would definitely recommend SEPA Spanish Language School to other people: it is beautiful and everyone here is so nice.  We learned things, then used them as examples in everyday life, like with the market in San Isidro.

I really enjoyed working and learning at SEPA Spanish School.  Everyone is so kind and the market was an amazing experience.  Paula is such a fun, nice teacher.  I have learned a lot about past tense verb forms and many other things.  Mucho gusto!


Katya Dibonato: Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"It helped me learn a good amount of Spanish in a short period of time."

The SEPA Spanish School has been the most amazing place to learn Spanish.  They do a perfect job of dividing you into individualized groups based on your level. The teachers used hands-on methods to engage us more during class time. I learned a good amount of Spanish because we were able to have conversations and ask questions.

We also got to go to a market where we were able to practice the Spanish we had learned in class.  All of the staff do a wonderful job of teaching in a fun way.  Also, there are breath-taking views that you are able to look at while enjoying learning Spanish.

SEPA's Spanish classes helped me learn a good amount of Spanish in a short period of time. My experience was excellent and I highly recommend it for everyone.

 


Thomas Filip: Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"A good place to learn Spanish no matter what level you are."

SEPA Spanish School is a good place to learn Spanish no matter what level you are.  They cater to the needs and abilities of all levels and are very hospitable.  Coffee and cookies are brought out during class breaks and it is very delicious. The facilities are beautiful with an amazing house and beautiful view of the mountains.

The teachers use personal experiences and opinions when teaching, which help.   Thank you so much!

 


Seema Jindia: Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"The SEPA Spanish School teaching staff is great at teaching."

 

I have had an amazing experience at SEPA Spanish School in Costa Rica.  Because of the learning environment, I was able to learn a lot of Spanish.  The games and activities all helped my Spanish.  In class, we were only allowed to speak in Spanish; therefore, my listening and speaking skills increased greatly.

Also, the staff at SEPA Spanish School is great.  They were able to teach me many new things.  I learned when and how to use the subjunctive. They also showed great amounts of hospitality.

I recommend SEPA Spanish Language School because I personally learned a lot and the staff is great at teaching.  Thank you!


Adam South: Wilderness Adventures, 2016

"I saw my Spanish increase drastically over the week we were here."

I greatly enjoyed coming to SEPA Spanish Language School.  I saw my Spanish increase drastically over the few days we were here.  On the first day, I could hardly understand anything our teacher said, but by the last day, I could understand most of what she was saying.

Everyone I encountered was very kind and understanding when we struggled.  They were very hospitable and made us feel welcome from the first day.

I believe SEPA Spanish Language School is a good school for every level of Spanish.  My listening skill increased a lot, as well as my grammar.  I learned how and when to use the subjunctive.  The games and activities all helped my Spanish. We were surrounded by Spanish and were immersed while we were in class.

Thank you so much for everything!


K. A. Rosebaugh: Spanish Language Personal Tutor Program, 2016

"I can now make myself understood in Spanish."

Definitely I will recommend Sepa Spanish Courses to others, and have already recommended it to others. I can now make myself understood in Spanish.  I now understand reflexive verbs and irregulars. The home was well kept by my homestay family and all meals were prepared to meet my special diet needs. The bedroom in my homestay was outstanding! Thank you Viques family!


Brenna Betts: Wilderness, 2016

I would recommend SEPA Spanish Language School.  I learned a lot in a short amount of time.  And I enjoyed my stay in San Isidro very much!


Anonymous: Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon 2016

My time with my Tica family was wonderful.  I felt totally at home from the first day.  My Tico mom helped me learn new words and introduced me to new people.  When I was sick, my Tica mom made me special drinks and foods for my stomach trouble.  She has a garden and many different plants, vegetables, fruits, and herbs.  She cooked my dinners with fresh ingredients every night.  We laughed together and shared stories.  I had an unforgettable time with my Tica family.

Mi tiempo con mi familia rica fue maravilloso. Me sentí totalmente cómodo desde el primer día. Mi madre tica me ayudó a aprender nuevas palabras y me presentó a gente nueva. Cuando estaba enfermo, mi mama tica hizo frescos y comida especial para mis problemas de estómago. Ella tiene un jardín con muchas plantas diferentes, vegetales, frutas, y hierbas. Ella cocinaba mis cenas con ingredientes frescos cada noche. Nos reímos juntos y compartimos historias. Tuve un tiempo inolvidable con mi familia tica.


Marie: Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon 2016

Marie wrote her comments in Spanish!  Here is a translation:

I am Marie.  I'm from Oregon but I have been in Costa Rica for seven weeks.  In Costa Rica, I have been happy and content.  I have learned a lot of information that I couldn't have learned in The United States.  I enjoyed my experience with my Tico family.  The family is very nice.  I enjoyed learning the culture of Costa Rica too.  I have learned how to live in a country that is not mine.  I went to many beautiful places in Costa Rica such as Manuel Antonio, Nauayuca, Dominical, La Cusinga, Canopies, Bribri, and Cloudbridge.  I love them all, but my favorite place was Nauayuca because it is so beautiful, fresh, and tranquil.  It was a great experience!

Soy Marie. Soy de Oregon pero yo he estado en Costa Rica por siete semanas. En Costa Rica he estado feliz y contenta. Yo he aprendido mucho información que no puedo aprender en Estados Unidos. Yo disfruté mi experiencia con mi familia tica. La familia es muy simpática. Yo disfruté aprender la cultura de Costa Rica también. Yo he aprendido como vivir en un mino que es no mío. Yo fui a muchos lugares bonitos en Costa Rica como Manuel Antonio, Nauayuca, Dominical, La Cusinga, Canopies, Bribri, y Cloudbridge. Me encantó todos, pero mi lugar favorito fue Nauayuca porque es muy hermoso, fresco, y tranquilo. ¡Fue una buena experiencia!


Chase Jackson: Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon 2016

Chase wrote his comments in Spanish!  Here is a translation:

In Costa Rica, there are spectacular natural wonders and fantastic places, but what I loved the most in Costa Rica are the people.  Before arriving here, I didn't know anything about how my experience was going to be.  Thanks to all the awesome Ticos in my life, my family and my Tico friends, I can say that coming to Costa Rica was one of the most perfect experiences of my life.

I grateful without end for my family. I loved my family here in Pérez Zeledón. My Tico father is very nice, and my Tica mom is kind, fun and a chef of many talents.  I almost ten years older than my Tica sister, but she is much more beautiful and intelligent than I could hope to be some day.  My Tica aunt is very fun and nice.

Susie is the dog of the house; she is sick, but she is very sweet and I love her very much.

My family was nice to me from the first day until the last.  I was never hungry for even a minute, and I was always comfortable in my family's house.  They took care of everything I needed and they did it with much pleasure.  I'm jealous of the next student who will live with them; he or she will be the luckiest North American in Costa Rica.

I'm really happy  that I attended SEPA because I met Costa Rican friends.  I give thanks for the natural beauty of this country, and for my awesome family in Pérez Zeledón. I will never forget my perfect time as a SEPA student.

En Costa Rica, hay espectáculos naturales maravillosas y lugares fantásticos, pero lo que me encantó más en Costa Rica es la gente. Antes de llegar aquí no sabía nada sobre cómo sería mi experiencia. Gracias por los geniales ticos en mi vida; mi familia y mis amigos ticos, puedo decir que venir en Costa Rica fue una de las más perfectas y experiencias en mi vida.

Tengo gratitud sin fin para mi familia. Me gusta mucho mi familia aquí en Pérez Zeledón. Mi padre tico es muy simpático, y mi mamá toca es cariñosa, divertida, y una chef muy talentosa. Yo tengo casi diez años más que mi hermana tica, pero ella es mucho más hermosa e inteligente que yo podría esperar ser algún día. Mi tía tica es muy alegre y simpática. Susie es el perro de la casa; ella está enferma, pero es muy amable y ella me gusta mucho. Mi familia fue simpática desde el premer día hasta el último. Por un momento no he teñido hambre, y he estado muy cómodo siempre en la casa con mi familia. Ellos metan todo lo que yo necesito con y lo hacen mucho gusto. Estoy celoso del próximo estudiante quien vivirá con ellos; experiencia es como mía, él o ella será estudiante con más suerte estadounidense en Costa Rica.

Estoy muy contento porque yo asistí a SEPA, porque conocí amigos costarricenses, por la naturaleza en este bonito país, y por mi genial familia en Pérez Zeledón. Nunca yo olvidaré mi tiempo perfecto como estudiante de SEPA.


Autumn Lunde: Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon 2016

My time in Costa Rica:

I highly recommend visiting Costa Rica.  Not only is it a beautiful country, but it is also a place with beautiful people. Sometimes in life you meet people and/or you go places that impact your life and they stay with you; this is how I feel about Costa Rica. The people I met in Perez Zeledon will always be close to my heart. I am thankful for the opportunity to study and improve my Spanish with the help of SEPA School, and the teacher I had is amazing . She made learning Spanish fun and was always encouraging, even when she was derailed by her students. The family that SEPA had picked out for me was perfect, we were a great fit for everyone in the house.

I am thankful that I was able to travel around the country with my classmates and interact with locals. The coastal highway is very beautiful, the volcanoes are amazing.


Marie Klein: Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon 2016

I'm Marie. I'm from Oregon, but I've been in Costa Rica for seven weeks. In Costa Rica I've been happy and content. I have learned a lot of information that I cannot learn in the U.S. I enjoyed my time with my Costa Rican family. The family is very friendly. I enjoyed my time learning the culture of Costa Rica as well. I have learned how to live in a world that is not mine. I went to many beautiful places in Costa Rica like Manuel Antonio, Nauyuca, Dominical, La Cusinga, Canopies, Bribri, and Cloudbridge. I enjoyed them all, but my favorite was Nauyuca because it's very beautiful, refreshing, and peaceful. What a good experience!


Jordan Ishibashi: Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon 2016

I had an amazing time during my study abroad term in Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica. I got to meet new friends, new family, and learn new life skills. I went zip lining through the canopy, horseback riding to a waterfall and visited Panama City. I also got to jump off a waterfall, spend a weekend getting pampered at a seaside resort, and went looking for exotic animals at Manuel Antonio. I got to learn Spanish by going to class in paradise and by living everyday life in total submersion in Spanish culture. It was an overall fantastic learning experience that I would recommend to everyone.


Emilie Garner, Louisville, Kentucky 2015

 

I had a great time in Costa Rica.  I loved the location and rooms at Matapalo. I liked the service at Fudebiol the best.  I loved all the activities that we did during class and the teachers were so nice!

 

Emilie Garner

Louisville, Kentucky


William Garner, Kentucky 2015

 

Costa Rica was a lot of fun and I really liked this country a lot.  I had a great experience and I wish I could see more.

William Garner

Kentucky 2015


Casley Rose Matthews, Chicago, Illinois, 2015

 

My experience in Costa Rica was incredible.  I had an amazing time.  I learned a lot in Spanish class and it really improved my speaking and understanding abilities.  A lot of what we did became life experiences.  My time here has really made me want to stay much longer!  I would recommend this program to everyone.  I had the time of my life!

Casley Rose Matthews

Chicago, Illinois

 


Daisy Parker, OVERLAND 2015

 

I loved the time I spent in Costa Rica.  I found the community service really meaningful.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wanted to learn Spanish and do service in Costa Rica.  I think talking to and working with the kids at Miravalles School was really fun.  The teachers were also AWESOME!

Daisy Parker

United States of America


Cam Lind, OVERLAND 2015

 

SEPA School was fun and a different experience than regular Spanish classes.  I liked that the profesoras didn’t speak English so I had to communicate with them and learn more Spanish.  I also liked the activities we did.

Cam Lind

United States of America


Sofi de la Sierra, OVERLAND 2015

 

The SEPA School program is an organization I enjoyed very much.  The program helped me learn how to speak more Spanish by teaching me new vocabulary words and grammar.  The classes were all fun and intriguing due to the activities we did.  I recommend the SEPA School program to students who aspire to improve their Spanish in the future.

Sofi de la Sierra

United States of America


David Herman, OVERLAND 2015

I enjoyed SEPA School.  The activities we did during class time were fun and they helped me learn Spanish.  The teachers were amazing!  I really enjoyed all of the places we stayed at and liked the volunteer work.

David Herman

United States of America


Matthew Toulouze, OVERLAND 2015

Overall I enjoyed my three weeks in Costa Rica at SEPA School.  I feel that I have become much more confident when talking in Spanish.  I liked that we did not only have class but other activities, such as going to the movies and talking in Spanish to the Tico students. Ana was a great teacher and my only regret is that I did not get to spend more time in Costa Rica.

Matthew Toulouze

United States of America


Jordyn Adeboyo: OVERLAND LEADER 2015

 

Our summer would not have been the same without the professors at the SEPA School.  Many of our campers came to Costa Rica very nervous to speak Spanish but the friendly, relaxed and interactive atmosphere helped them to become comfortable conversing.  The professors made sure to structure dynamic and diverse class activities, so the students got to benefit from hands-on learning as well as traditional classroom instruction.  In addition to the professors, the other personnel at SEPA were always available and happy to help our group with any big or small problem that arose.  They made us feel al home in Costa Rica; our group is extremely grateful for what they have done for us!

Jordyn Adeboyo

United States of America


Jacob Reilly: OVERLAND LEADER 2015

 

It was a pleasure working with Nidia and the SEPA School.  The profesoras were always coming up with creative ways to help the students learn and practice their Spanish.  Nidia was always available and willing to assist us in any situation.  They truly cared about us, and each and every student.

Pura vida!

Jacob Reilly

United States of America

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Katherine Murray, OVERLAND 2015

I learned more at SEPA School in three weeks then I did in Spanish 3 this year!  I absolutely enjoyed my experience with it.  The teachers were great and did an amazing job teaching us.  I felt like I learned a lot about conversation.  Thank you for making my time here so much fun!


Gabby Allen, OVERLAND 2015

I really enjoyed my experience with the SEPA School.  The teachers were really nice and I feel like I became more comfortable with speaking and understanding.  The activities were really fun.  I enjoyed the dance class, movie, and cooking that we did, as well as the in-class activities like the 3-legged race and the sticker games.  I had a great time!


Noah Pereles, OVERLAND 2015

 

I enjoyed my time at SEPA School.  I learned a lot through activities and games.  I especially enjoyed learning new vocabulary and fine-tuning my understanding of conjugations.  The movies were fun because I was able to follow along.  Well, I had to focus the whole time, but my schooling at SEPA allowed me to understand monologues in the movie that I would not have understood before.   All the experiences at SEPA, including cooking, expanded my Spanish speaking ability.  I am now much more comfortable speaking Spanish than before.

Noah Pereles

United States of America


Owen Hiland: OVERLAND 2015

 

I enjoyed learning Spanish at the SEPA School.  I enjoyed conversing and learning in classes and the experienced educational opportunities we received, such as dance class and seeing a movie in Spanish.  I also enjoyed seeing San Isidro and getting to know the people at school.  I definitely feel like it made a difference – would definitely recommend SEPA School to other Spanish students.

Owen Hiland

United States of America


Alexa Carlson, OVERLAND 2015

I enjoyed the volunteer work; we did a lot!  Each place was extremely different so I got to learn and do many different things.  I also learned a lot of Spanish, not only in class but at the service where I could speak to other people.  I also loved the activities we did during class, such as dance class, cooking class, and the movies.  This was an overall great experience and I loved it!

Alexa Carlson

United States of America


Ben Maloy, OVERLAND 2015

In my three weeks with SEPA School my conversation skills in Spanish and my Spanish grammar improved with lots of good work and fun activities in the classroom.  I feel well-prepared for next year's Spanish class.  After the movie theatre, the farmers' market, and other outside-the-class activities I feel more comfortable speaking Spanish.  All-in-all, after these three weeks I have learned a lot of Spanish, and had an amazing time with the Ticos.

Ben Maloy

United States of America


Aubrey Suronen, OREGON UNIVERSITY 2015

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After my time here in Costa Rica, my Spanish has improved in leaps and bounds. I came to Costa Rica with only one term of college Spanish and practically no prior knowledge of the country. I spent my weekends and afternoons traveling to nearby beaches, volcanoes or hikes and exploring the town. After weekends away, coming back to San Isidro felt like home. From classes to weekend excursions, and especially my host family, I loved every part of my trip. This adventure was amazing and I fully intend to come back and do it again.

Aubrey Suronen
Oregon University

Michael, OVERLAND 2014

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I had a great experience with SEPA! The language learning was top-of-the-line. I would give my experience with SEPA a 10 out of 10! What made it so great was that we practiced our Spanish in unique ways such as buying stuff at the market. Service work was also great as we helped and interacted with the children, adults, and nature throughout the community. On the weekends we had lots of fun - the beach was beautiful! However, the best part of my experience with SEPA was the homestay! Through it, I learned about the Costa Rican culture and was introduced to delicious food.

Michael
United States of America

Alli Cobb, OVERLAND LEADER 2014

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SEPA is a wonderful language school with talented and friendly teachers. All of our students enjoyed the classes, which are very active, and improved their Spanish a lot. The homestays with local Costa Rican families was an invaluable part of our experience here and we felt very welcomed and comfortable. I would recommend the SEPA School and their programs to anyone looking to improve their Spanish and explore a beautiful culture. We were more than satisfied with our experience!

Alli Cobb
United States of America

Magnus Vogel: OVERLAND 2014

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The past three weeks were probably the best of my whole life. I made many new friends, learned a lot of Spanish and learned a whole new culture. The beach at the La Cusinga lodge was my favorite activity of the trip.

Magnus Vogel
United States of America

Ella Kitterman, OVERLAND 2014

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I very much enjoyed this trip and felt as though I got a lot out of it. The classes were always fun and I enjoyed going to them and felt as though I learned a lot. The homestay was my favorite though, and I think I improved my Spanish most there, by simply talking to the family. I enjoyed helping in the different places and feel like I got to make a difference in a small way, which is something I will always remember. There was a good balance of work and fun, and the beach and little trips we went on were all fun and different. I had a great time and would do it again.

Ella Kitterman
United States of America

Max Vanner, OVERLAND 2014

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This school has been life-changing. From fun Spanish games - acting out plays, swimming during class - to beach parties and homestays, we have taken Costa Rica by storm! Yes, we learn Spanish for four hours a day, but with the eccentric teachers, field trips, and happy atmosphere, it feels like camp. In this school, we learn Spanish by going to markets, shops, and meeting people to practice our skills. Thank you SEPA for providing me with a lifelong memory and helping my Spanish.

Max Vanner
United States of America

Maria Koblish: OVERLAND 2014

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From the three weeks I spent on this Overland trip, I learned more Spanish, made new friends and had many new once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This trip taught me a lot about independence and being away from home. The trip started at Talari and from there I learned a lot about Costa Rican culture and the way things go. SEPA made the trip fun and exciting. I feel like my Spanish has improved and will help me in my school work back home. This has been a trip I will never forget and memories I will have forever thanks to SEPA and the Overland leaders.

Maria Koblish
United States of America

Conor O'Brian, OVERLAND LEADER 2014

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These were some of the best weeks of my life. Each person we came in contact with, whether it was a professor at SEPA or a bus driver, was exceptionally nice. We loved spending time with everyone, and honestly hope we stay in touch and see each other again in the future. Thank you all so, so much for all your help, as we know we asked for a lot. I only wish that we had more time to all hang out, without the kids! Thanks!!

Conor O'Brian
United States of America

Amelia Mickelson, OVERLAND 2014

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This was my third year at Overland. This trip, in my experience, was the best. I had so much fun over the past three weeks with my group, learning Spanish and doing service. It is very hard to choose a best part. There was zip-lining, the beach, kayaking and rafting. The leaders were great as well, they were fun and cool. This trip was also great because it has helped me feel better about moving. The best part was the entire trip. Learning Spanish, doing service and having fun.

Amelia Mickelson
United States of America

Liam Guthrie

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I had a lot of fun on this trip. I liked where we were staying. All the places we went were a lot of fun. I really liked the weekends. I also liked it when we played games in class. Overall, the trip was great and I would probably come back again.

Liam Guthrie
United States of America

Anthony J. H: OVERLAND LEADER 2014

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Working with SEPA has been nothing short of an amazing experience. Nidia, the teachers, and everyone else who works with SEPA are so caring, friendly, intelligent and welcoming. I could not imagine going through a trip through Costa Rica without them. They have aided me and supported me in too many ways to count or mention. I will always be grateful for the amazing, life-changing experience I had in Costa Rica thanks to the hard work SEPA put in. I cannot thank you enough, Nidia, Paula and Mari. You all are the best.

Anthony J. H
United States of America

OVERLAND STUDENT, 2014

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The whole trip was fantastic and it was the greatest experience of my life. Moving around was fun as well. We went in homestays (which was amazing). We went to three different places for service. The service was amazing. It feels really good to know you helped many people in many different ways. The classes could be a little long, but I loved them anyway. We went to a movie, and to the market and shopping and while we did it all we also got to learn Spanish. And we also went to the beach for two days. The entire trip was great.

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United States of America

Evelyn W: OVERLAND 2014

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My experience in Costa Rica was great! SEPA School helped with making this trip amazing. Not only did SEPA teach me Spanish but also set up many fun activities! I came to Costa Rica with barely knowing any Spanish and thanks to SEPA School I learned so much more. I now can have a small conversation with people in Costa Rica because of my classes. My teacher was Veronica. She did an amazing job working with my group! With only a few classes I learned more than I thought I could, thanks to Veronica. All the activities set up were a blast. I appreciate the Fourth of July party they set up for us. I also enjoyed zip-lining and the movies. SEPA School made my experience in Costa Rica amazing. Thank you!

Evelyn W
United States of America

Alex C: OVERLAND 2014

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My experience with SEPA School was unforgettable. The places we went to were amazing and class was very well-taught. I thought the classes helped my Spanish a lot, especially because the teacher spoke mostly Spanish to us.

Alex C
United States of America

Allison C: OVERLAND LEADER 2014

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A very well organized experience. Our students especially enjoyed the service work at FUDEBIOL because it was tangible, different and fun. It was wonderful to live, work, and learn in the same location. We had wonderful opportunities to travel to several parts of Costa Rica while also getting to know San Isidro. Our students especially enjoyed their homestays, and we felt very comfortable with all of the families. Overall, it was a good experience and our students improved their Spanish every day and that was wonderful to hear.

Allison C
United States of America

Jeanne A. Blankenship: ADULT STUDENT 2014

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I have taught Spanish in the United States for nine years. Recently, I took one week of classes at SEPA and was AMAZED at how much I learned. My understanding and ability to speak Spanish shot ahead after just one week of classes. Suddenly, verb tenses made sense, that had never made sense to me before, although I am a teacher. I truly believe in what they are doing at SEPA School. It works. You are welcome to contact me on my USA number: 509-723-4561 or by email.

Jeanne A. Blankenship
United States of America

Brooke W: OVERLAND 2014

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SEPA School provided a positive learning environment that helped me improve my Spanish tremendously. The events and outings SEPA organized were amazing. I had an amazing three weeks. Thanks for all!

Brooke W
United States of America

Mia B: OVERLAND 2014

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During the three weeks we were here we did many activities. We learned a lot of Spanish and did service work. At the beginning of our trip we did trail work and had Spanish classes in FUDEBIOL. The food was good there and the beds were comfortable. Then we got to go to the beach. The view was fantastic and the water was really warm. Then we got to spend time with our homestay families. We got to spend breakfast and dinner with them. During the day we had service work and class. Then the last week we spent time in Talari where the food was great and the rooms were really nice. The SEPA School was great and very homie. The teachers were great and really nice. I had a great time there and I wish to come back.

Mia B
United States of America

Kara H: OVERLAND 2014

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SEPA School was really, really fun. I think all the events and classes we went to really improved my understanding of Spanish. SEPA School made my Costa Rica experience even more amazing. I enjoyed every day here and I wish I could stay longer. I cannot say enough good things about the teachers and the school and Costa Rica in general. All the people here are so nice and amazing.

Kara H
United States of America

Matthew S: OVERLAND 2014

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I had a great experience with SEPA School. I enjoyed all of the trips we took. One of my highlights with SEPA was going to a local market and learning how to say some of the foods in Spanish. During the classes I learned a lot through conversation activities and lectures. Ana was a great teacher. She was very understanding that we all were at different levels in Spanish and was able to teach us all. My highlight of class was my conversations with Ana about soccer. In these conversations I learned lots of new words and phrases while also having a great time. In conclusion, my experience with SEPA was really fun and also informative.

Matthew S
United States of America

Sam B: OVERLAND 2014

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This trip has been awesome. I have gotten to learn a lot of Spanish and a lot more about the culture. Not only has it been a learning experience, but also a really fun experience. The beach was amazing and all of the service has been hard work but enjoyable. I especially enjoyed my homestay week because I virtually used my Spanish all the time and enjoyed the culture and food. Overall, it has been an unforgettable trip and SEPA has made it better than I could have ever imagined.

Sam B
United States of America

Izzy B: OVERLAND 2014

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The past three weeks here in Costa Rica have been fun and helpful towards many different topics. I have learned how to be a better person, improve on my Spanish, and help others. This trip has been a great learning experience. We have been made as students to apply our Spanish to the real world. To be able to do this we stayed in a homestay with a Costa Rican family and used our knowledge by making conversation. This experience has been so fun and great.

Izzy B
United States of America

Samantha M: OVERLAND 2014

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My experience with SEPA was amazing. Everyone was friendly, cordial, and kind. I was constantly impressed with the activities and, overall, everything was a complete once-in-a-lifetime experience. I would definitely recommend this program for anyone who likes to learn Spanish and try fun, adventurous, new things!

Samantha M
United States of America

Jed: OVERLAND 2014

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I had lots of fun in Costa Rica. SEPA School was great. I learned a great amount of Spanish in three weeks and everyone was very nice. Talari was a fantastic place with many activities. The homestays were all great and everyone was happy with their families. FUDEBIOL was a great nature reserve with great activities in a beautiful setting. All places were amazing. I really enjoyed the people I met. The service was also amazing. I loved helping the schools and meeting the kids. The trip was organized fantastically by SEPA. Thank you, SEPA. Veronica was an outstanding teacher with much tolerance, poise, commitment, and kindness. I enjoyed my time in Costa Rica very much.

Jed
United States of America

Zack: OVERLAND 2014

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I had a good time. I first went to Talari Lodge. It was beautiful. The people were nice. Then we went to SEPA School. We had a test and I got placed in the second group. We had four hours of class every day. We played games too and went on field trips. It was awesome. One field trip was to an indigenous tribe. It was epic. Next we went to the movies. It was epic. Next we went to the zip-line. It was epic.

Zack
United States of America

Alexa: OVERLAND 2014

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I had an awesome experience with SEPA School. All the classes were fun and the teachers were nice. SEPA organized really cool places for us to go. My favorite places we went to were a local farmers market, the indigenous tribe, and zip-lining. I learned a lot of Spanish in my classes and out of them.

Alexa
United States of America

Leah R: OVERLAND 2014

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The three weeks I spent in Costa Rica were very fun. All the activities were very fun and helped me with my Spanish. I think I learned a lot during class, and where we went during class, like the market, helped me know more about the culture. Also, the service work felt very good, knowing I was helping people who needed it. The homestays also helped me learn more about the Costa Rican culture and improved my Spanish. Overall the whole trip was very fun and a great learning experience.

Leah R
United States of America

Anthony J. H: OVERLAND LEADER 2014

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SEPA School is amazing. The teachers, Nidia, and everyone else involved, has made the past three weeks such an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. I appreciate so much everything they have done for me and the group. Paula and Maribel have been such an awesome help to the students. The students consistently raved about how fun and dynamic the classes were and how much they loved the teachers. I honestly cannot think of a single bad thing about my experience at SEPA. It was overall a great experience that I would be lucky to experience again. Thank you for everything, SEPA!

Anthony J. H
United States of America

Emily W: OVERLAND 2014

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Emily W: OVERLAND 2014
Every activity organized by SEPA School provided learning, fun, and interactions with the culture. Between the service, classes, and excursions, I have learned a lot and made memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks, Nidia and SEPA School.

Emily W
United States of America

Charles S: OVERLAND 2014

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My trip was really fun. I think that SEPA School made the right choices for our trip in Costa Rica. The classes were interesting. There was nothing bad that we did.

Charles S
United States of America

Scott B: OVERLAND 2014

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The three weeks here in Costa Rica were fantastic. SEPA School made it very worth my while to come. All of the activities that our group participated in were exciting and lots of fun. The only thing I would change is instead of three weeks I would make it four. My teachers were outstanding.

Scott B
United States of America

Olivia M.- Moondance Adventures

Olivia M.- Moondance Adventures

The classes are very helpful, and we were taught extremely useful things. The teachers have taught us many phrases and words that I used in the homestay. Thr teachers keep the class exciting and fun....
June 25th, 2013

Olivia M.
Moondance Adventures

Carlin - Moondance Adventures

Carlin - Moondance Adventures

I thought that the homestays and SEPA school were great experiences that have greatly improved my Spanish. I am definitely glad that I got to do this, and I would recommend this to other people who are looking to improve their Spanish speaking skills. I really hope I am able to do something like this again.
June 25th, 2013

Carlin
Moondance Adventures

Holcombe - Moondance Adventures

Holcombe - Moondance Adventures

SEPA is an amazing program that helps students learn about other worlds. Homestays were amazing and rewarding. I will never forget this for as long as I live.
June 25th, 2013

Holcombe
Moondance Adventures

Nikki Sabatino- OVERLAND 2012

Nikki Sabatino- OVERLAND 2012

My experience at SEPA School was awesome! I loved all the activities that they planned for the group. We got to go to Bribri, indigenous people who danced for us. We returned the favor by dancing or throwing a puppet show for them. Later we got to eat cake and play soccer with them. I would have to say that going to Bribri was my favorite activity. Although we also had a lot of fun in Spanish class, the teacher are great and really helped me improve on my Spanish. We worked in preterit subjunctive and a lot more. We got to play a bunch of activities like 20 questions, scattegories, and more. Now I really feel confident in my Spanish. All in all I had a great experience.

Nikki Sabatino
Overland group 2B 2012

Sally Jorgensen, Jan. 2012

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I had a great time at Sepa. I have been talking about it to all my friends here. Anna was a wonderful teacher and I learned an enormous amount of Spanish grammar and basic structure. I now have to work with all the information she gave me and practice as much as I can. I have met someone here in Mahone Bay who was a Spanish teacher in Florida and we are going to "chat" in Spanish as much as possible. I am looking forward to coming back next year for more instruction!! I wish I could come sooner! All the very best to all of you. Hope you all have a great year. Looking forward to 2013. Sally Jorgensen.

Sally Jorgensen
Mahoney Bay, N.S. Canada

Wendy Hounsel, January 2012

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I had a fabulous time at SEPA! From the moment I arrived I felt welcomed and cared for by both the school and my wonderful host family. My instructor Ana was excellent, and in addition she was patient and fun. I appreciated the exposure not only to medical vocabulary and Spanish assessment skills, but also to the Costa Rican health care system. I now feel better equipped to care for my Spanish-speaking patients, and look forward to returning to SEPA for more Spanish immersion!

Wendy Hounsel, Herbalist, RN

Wendy Hounsel
San Francisco, CA

Carley Fletcher

Carley Fletcher

Attending SEPA was a fantastic step for me in improving my Spanish speaking abilities and in my nursing career. Each part of my program was individualized and oriented to my goals and needs. My teacher was not only very kind, but had a keen ability to focus in on particular areas where I could improve my Spanish. As SEPA widely expanded my Spanish it simultaneously game me wonderful experiences at local nursing homes. Every weekday I was able to practice my ever-improving Spanish skills with nurses and the elderly. During this time, I had some opportunities to practice my nursing skills. SEPA also arranged a fabulous host family during my stay. This family was very courteous, had very good food, and showed me many amazing and beautiful parts of the Costa Rican culture. I left Costa Rica with confidence in what I had learned and excitement for my ability in the future. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about SEPA.

Carley Fletcher
clfletch91@gmail.com..

Carley Fletcher
California

Isabella Murphy-2011

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To be able to come to San Isidro was such a great experience. It was really fun to be able to stay with a Tico family for a week because it made me more comftorable speaking spanish, rather then just knowing the vocabulary. Being in a class of only two was very helpful because I got more one on one time, rather then being in a class of a lot of kids. It was a really great experience to be able to see the city of San Isidro and get to know the culture. I really liked it at Sepa and I would definitly recommend the school to anyone interested in learning more spanish.

Isabella Murphy
Valle Del Sol, Santa Ana

Grace Murphy-2011

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I absolutely loved my time at SEPA school. It is an interesting, fun, and beautiful place to learn spanish. The learning enviornment is fantastic with enthusiastic teachers. Not only is the school great, but staying with Tico families and getting to konw the city of San Ididro lets you experience Costa Rican cutlture first hand. SEPA has been an amazing experience that I would highly reccomend to others.

Grace Murphy
Valle Del Sol, Santa Ana

Morgan Kapinos, Kenny Reid

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It was a pleasure for us to work with Sepa this summer. The whole team worked very hard to ensure that our time here was well organized and lots of fun. Our students learned a lot inside and outside of the classroom thanks to the very dynamic professors that our students worked with. We were set up with a nice variety of service projects that allowed our students to give back to and interact with the local community. Thank you to Nidia and her team for their efforts in making this summer a huge success for us and our students.

Morgan Kapinos
22 Ingersoll Rd., Wellesley, MA 02481, USA

Maja Amme

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Die SEPA-Schule ist definitiv weiterzuempfehlen, da bei dieser Schule das Preis-Leistungsverhaeltniss stimmt. Die Lehrer/Innen sind alle sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit, sie zeigen einem die Stadt und versuchen ihre Schueler/Innen in die Kultur,die Menschen und den Alltag Costa Ricas einzufuehren. Die Gastfamilien sind kultivierte und etablierte Menschen, die sich auch fuer ihre " Gastkinder" interessiern. Es war eine schoene Zeit!

Maja Amme
Freising Germany

Sandy Jones-- Massachusetts--2010

Sandy Jones--  Massachusetts--2010

My experience with Spanish Language and Environmental Protection Center (SEPA) was one of the best things I have ever done and well worth the money. As a nursing assistant, working in the Boston, Massachusetts area, I assist at least one Spanish speaking patient during each work shift. I felt it would be a good idea to take a Spanish class to improve my ability to speak more effectively with the patients, and broaden my Spanish language skills in medical terminology. When I began my search for a summer Spanish class I knew I wanted to be in an intensive Spanish program with the opportunity to work in the community where I could apply the skills I gained in nursing school. I chose a school in Costa Rica, rather than the United States, because I had been to Costa Rica several times and felt it was a safe, fun, an unique place to be where I would be fully immersed in the Latin lifestyle. I found SEPA online, in San Isidro de General, Costa Rica, and became very excited about the programs they had to offer. The program I chose was designed for nurses and doctors and focused on medical terminology and explored the Costa Rican Healthcare system. Part of the program also incorporated the opportunity to participate in community service. A major highlight of the program was the work I did in the community. My community work was done at a long-term senior living home. For two weeks I work for four hours in the senior living home and then returned to the central area of town to meet with my instructor. The senior living home was a wonderful representation of Costa Rican community health. I fell in love with the people working and living there. This was an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life!
Here is a little more information about SEPA. I entered the program for two full weeks. Nidia and Wilbure, the Directors of SEPA, went out of their way to ensure my experience was the best it could possibly be. My communication with the school was fast and efficient and they were always available for any questions that I had prior to my visit. SEPA took the time to make sure I had all the information and even customized the program for me, because I was not part of a group. The school was able to determine my level of Spanish and ensure the learning was applicable to my specific level of Spanish. I was paired up with a fantastic instructor, Ana Yancy. She spoke entirely in Spanish and was able to determine where my difficulties were. My sessions were one-on-one and this made the sessions intensive. Ana was creative with her teaching style and was extremely patient with me. She has a wonderful personality as well. Some of the classes were at the SEPA location, which was in a gorgeous setting overlooking the mountains of San Isidro de General. When we were not at the SEPA location, we spent time exploring the amazing city of San Isidro. Some days we walked in and out of stores, or restaurants, chatting with the locals and my instructor corrected my Spanish when needed. Other days we visited health institutions such as, the private and public hospitals, local clinics, and the Red Cross. Aside from the local institutions and organizations directly in San Isidro Centro, SEPA went on a field trip to a private reserve, Quebradas, which contained a botanical garden with several plants that are used in treating and healing illness.
My time at SEPA exceeded my expectations and fulfilled everything I was hoping for in a Spanish school with the emphasis in the medical profession. I intend on returning there soon to pick up where I left off and continue my Spanish language skills in medical terminology and community health.
If you have specific questions regarding SEPA, please contact me by e-mail, sando21jones@gmail.com. Do it! You will not regret it!

Sandy Jones
Massachusetts

Jan Erik Neun ----Berlin/Alemania---October 2009

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My volunteer work at the Bribripa Kaneblo Indigenous Reserve. Going to Salitre by bus was very easy. It just took me an hour from the San Isidro station to Buenos Aires. Then I took a Taxi to Salitre, which cost me 4000 Colones. As soon as I reached the Bribri reserve in Salitre, they already expected me happily! I got to know the people I was going to work with for the next days and of course my host family. They were really really nice, and although the living conditions are so different from those in Europe or the US, it was great staying with them. My daily schedule was alwas like this, waking up at 6:00 a.m more or less, then breakfast (Gallo Pinto;-) at 6:30, starting work at 7:30 a.m. I either helped them to build the "rancho", made of palm leaves, or built wooden signs for the diferent parts of the reserve. It was exhausting sometimes but also interesting, especially the work in the "rancho". Well, I worked always until 12:00, then I had like an hour to relax a little bit, before I did several interesting activities in the reserve. For example learning about the Bribri language and culture, visiting nature around the reserve, eating different things with different families and so on. And then in the evening, after dinner I always talked a little bit with my host family (which was good for my Spanish speaking skills) and then fell asleep at 8 or 9pm. Quite early, that is because the days were quite exhausting!
All in all I can say it was a great experience for me, and it could be a great experience for anybody who does not care that there is no hot water, not always electricity, no toilet like in Europe/US, different food, different cultural traditions and so on. It is a place where you can live history!

Alright Wilbur, Nidia; hope to see you again in the future, like I said I will write more and send pictures when I am at home in 2 and a half weeks.
Greetings from Dominical...
Jan

Jan Erik Neun
Berlin/Alemania-

Jordan Palefsky -Dallas Texas -- OVERLAND-July 2009

Jordan Palefsky -Dallas Texas -- OVERLAND-July 2009

I absolutely loved SEPA! It was such a great review of the grammar I had already learned, and a great way to learn about the Costa Rican culture. The wonderful teachers helped boost my confidence in speaking and comprehending Spanish, and now I have friends that I will always stay in touch with. Gracias, SEPA y Nidia.

Hasta Luego.

Jordan Palefsky

Jordan Palefsky
Dallas Texas.

Leo Karpinski--- New Mexico USA.

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I highly recommend SEPA. Wilbur and Nidia and all of the staff are very friendly, caring and supportive.

The teaching is practically geared to your level of Spanish speaking as well as your learning mode.

Additionally, I made some good friends, some of which are like family.

The field trips were also very practical...We had to go grocery shopping at the mercado, tour a bamboo factory y mas.

I cannot say strongly enough how positive the experience is...I will return again.

Leo Karpinski
New Mexico USA

Dipak Ghelani - houston, Texas- March 27 2009

Dipak Ghelani - houston, Texas- March 27 2009

SEPA is the perfect school in the perfect location for learning Spanish. From before I arrived at the school, Nidia already helped me with a weekend trip in another part of Costa Rica. Wilbure also helped me to set up trips during the weekends between classes, and he even called the places to check on me. The class was very personalized to help me in a way that 2 weeks here was worth more than 5 scattered semesters in the U.S. I actually feel like I can use Spanish in the outside world now. The guided field trips (to the restaurant, farmers market, etc.) were particularly beneficial. The people of San Isidro (shops, buses, everywhere) were very willing to let me practice Spanish with them as well. My family-homestay was great, and I actually extended my school because the experience was so nice. They cooked great meals, taught me to dance (no small feat), and took great care of me. Because of my experience here, Costa Rica will always have a very special place in my heart.

Dipak Ghelani
Houston, Texas

Clair Durkes--Evanston Ilinois ---21 - 07 - 2008

Clair Durkes--Evanston Ilinois ---21 - 07 - 2008

Everything about the SEPA experience was wonderful. From meeting my family upon my arrival to exploring the biological reserves of San Isidro, my experience included warm, friendly people and authentic learning of the Spanish language in real settings. The SEPA staff and teachers tailored their instruction to my needs and desires and designed a week-long program that maximized my time and learning opportunities. My focus was environmental education and was able to travel to many beaches, forests, and reserves to talk to experts in the field. My host family was wonderful and so welcoming. I never felt alone in Costa Rica once I met them and the SEPA staff. My experience was unforgettable and I cannot wait to come back!

Clair Durkes
Chicago-Evanston

Pria Mahadevan. Princeton, NJ, __ Overland, July 2008

Pria Mahadevan. Princeton, NJ, __ Overland, July 2008

I had a great experience with the SEPA school while I was in Costa Rica! The teachers are so devoted to what they do. Wendy, Kristel, and Angie were always there for us when we needed to ask them questions, no matter how trivial they were. Along with learning lots of Spanish I also enjoyed learning a lot about Costa Rica as a country, because Wendy would try her best to bring us a lecture about Costa Rican people, customs, weather, etc. which all of us found very interesting. I LOVED everything about my stay in Costa Rica. UN ABRAZO PARA TODOS.

Pria Mahadevan. Princeton
Princeton, NJ

Mary Bianco. Briarcliff Manor. USA. Overland, July 2008.

Mary Bianco.  Briarcliff Manor. USA. Overland, July 2008.

I had an amazing time in Costa Rica. I think that having SEPA SCHOOL teach us about the culture and the language added to the experience. I not only learned how to communicate and carry out conversation with the people, i leaned about their daily lives. Kristel, you were so helpful and always understanding of our difficulties learning spanish. You never got angry when we spoke in English you just explained that we need to speak in Spanish to enhance our learning experience. I feel as if i have and advantage going into the school year because of every thing you taught me. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!

un abrazo.

Mary Bianco. Briarcliff Manor. USA. Overland
Briarcliff Manor. USA.

Kathryn Bradway. Las Vegas Nevada. November 23, 2007

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One major difference between SEPA School and others is their commitment to the individual student. They will work with you to achieve the most successful and enjoyable learning experience possible. My time with SEPA, learning the language, culture, history, and environment of Costa Rica, has proven to be more beneficial than I could have imagined. I plan to return soon and participate in one of the other programs. Muchisimas gracias!

Kathryn Bradway. Las Vegas Nevada. November 23
Las Vegas Nevada

Lynda Sellar--Ontario, Canada. December 2007

Lynda Sellar--Ontario, Canada. December 2007

I have studied Spanish at SEPA several times during the past 8 years. It is always a pleasure.
The learning environment is professional and friendly and the setting is as lovely as you could imagine.
My host family in San Isidro was gracious and welcoming. March 13, 2007
SEPA rates an A+

Lynda Sellar
Ontario, Canada

Julia Farr - Brooklyn, USA- Jun 2nd to Jun 27th 2003

Julia Farr - Brooklyn, USA- Jun 2nd to Jun 27th 2003

Julia Farr
Environmental Studies students from
The State University of New York at Binghamton

"I had a great experience with SEPA and I would definitely recommend it to others. SEPA helped me to learn about the environment by setting up an interview with a man from MINAE and by showing me a video on the national parks. After watching this with my professor, we discussed the relevant terms and vocabulary in Spanish for example, endangered species like the sea turtles and scarlet macaws.

I stayed with a woman and her grandson, and another student from Costa Rica, was living with us too. My Costa Rican family was extremely accommodating and generous. I was able to practice Spanish all the time with them on top of the 4 hours of Spanish lessons a day. The classes were very relaxed and my teacher and I understood each other well. My Spanish improved a lot.

The office and classroom at SEPA were very comfortable and pleasant. There are a lot of beautiful artifacts in the building and a lovely garden.

Wilbure and Nidia were very helpful and understanding. They are concerned and knowledgeable about the environment of Costa Rica. They offer many trips to explore natural wonders for example, beaches, hot springs and National Parks.

San Isidro is a pretty modern city with all the resources and luxuries you could need. It is a very walk able city and a field safe there.

Wilbure and Nidia cater to your interests. I wanted to teach English so, they set me up to help at an elementary school and a university.
I came here to study so that I would be able to say, "I speak Spanish" with more confidence, and to take part in a different culture. I have been able to do that and more."

Julia Farr
364 5th street, Brooklyn NY 11215, USA

Terrence Mills-Nailsworth, England. July 1997

Terrence Mills-Nailsworth, England. July 1997

"As a lone traveler my trip was greatly enhanced by joining a Spanish Language School "SEPA" for a couple of weeks. Not only did it increase my Spanish knowledge, but my understanding of the Costa Rican people and culture. I lived with a Costa Rican family and for three days each week, my tutors took me off to their incredible wildlife reserve in the Peninsula de Osa."

Terrence Mills
Nailsworth, England.

Robin Rogers-Portland, Oregon, U.S.A-1997

Robin Rogers-Portland, Oregon, U.S.A

"I learned a lot of Spanish in only three weeks. Don Walter explained things clearly and was well organized... I really enjoyed the volunteer work in both Quebradas and the school. In particular working in the school was a good opportunity to practice Spanish..."

Robin Rogers
Portland, Oregon, U.S.A

Don Hagen-Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. June 1998

Don Hagen-Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. June 1998

"I can highly recommend "SEPA" to learn Spanish in Costa Rica. I have learned a lot and I also have gained good friends. Pura Vida!"

Don Hagen
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

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